JDHS Dance Team ready for the big show

Tonight and tomorrow's gala closes out the competitive dance season

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2005

Throughout winter, the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team served as a complementary act to the Crimson Bears' basketball squads.

Tonight and tomorrow, however, the dance troupe owns the spotlight.

The JDHS dance squad will perform its year-end spectacular tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the high school.

"It's a big night for them," said coach Leslie Dahl. "There are kids who've been on the team for four years and three years and this is it for them. It's a little bit of an emotional time."

Juneau-Douglas' dance squad has earned a reputation as one of the nation's elite programs. The troupe performed before a national audience on ESPN in 1999 and 2000. In 1995, the team earned international fame by winning championships in Japan.

This season, however, concludes tonight and Friday with its showcase for the community.

"The dance team is pretty doggone good," Dahl said. "It's kind of an opportunity for people to sit and see this entertainment for a couple hours. They get to see all the routines at one time and other performers too. Juneau is really supportive of all the teams in town."

Juneau's troupe of 24 dancers will perform six different routines, including their popular Light March where the team executes a precision dance in the dark.

The surrounding community will also be involved as eight different dance organizations and individuals will entertain the crowd.

A highlight of the two-day event promises to be the Dad's Drill Team show, in which 20 fathers try their hand at choreographed dance.

The night will also mark the end of Dahl's reign as head coach. Dahl has led the Crimson Bears' dancers for 17 of the last 19 years and will move into a volunteer role next winter.

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